Group Classes are low cost and teach you how to train your dog and handle any problems you may be having. Ideal for most dogs, they also allow for the benefit of socializing. Group classes are held in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
In-home lessons allow for one-on-one instruction and are ideal for dogs whose problems are specific to the home, and are the best alternative to handle behavior and temperament problems.
We also offer an in-home Puppy Consultation for puppies too young to be in a public situation.
Board trainings may be ideal for some dogs with extreme training problems that are best addressed outside the home in a neutral environment. Included are in-home follow-up sessions to ensure the progress is maintained.
Barking | Unruliness | Anxiety | Jumping
Crying/Whining | Biting | Chewing | Car Sickness
Destructiveness | Fighting | House-soiling
Digging | Fear | Dominance | Hyperactivity
Pulling | Aggression | Territoriality
Bolting | Running Away | Dog & Child Interaction
Which program is best for me?
That would depend on many factors, such as whether you're dealing with training problems, behavior issues, or temperament concerns, your availability, your dog (of course), your goals, etc...
What is the difference between training, behavior and temperament?
Training is teaching your dog to respond to commands or, in simpler terms, teaching your dog English. The commands of Basic Obedience Training include Heel, Sit, Stay, Down, and Come. We also teach casual walking commands, as well as the all important concept commands of No, and Okay! Jumping, leash pulling, bolting out doors are all training problems and are addressed by Basic Obedience training.
Behavior deals with how your dog acts, and includes problems such as chewing, digging, barking and housesoiling. There are many different ways to handle these types of problems.
Temperament means your dog's emotional state, whether your dog is dominant, aggressive, shy, or anxious, and there are myriad techniques to address these issues.
Do I need to be involved in the training program?
Absolutely! No matter which program you choose, your dog still needs to respond to you. It is your participation that will determine the ultimate success of any training program. You should also involve your entire family in the training of your pet.
Should I ever hit, kick, or knee my dog?
Never. Our methods are based on positive reinforcement and our goal is to create a dog who wants to behave, not one who is afraid of misbehaving. We teach our clients the difference between punishment and discipline, as well as humane and effective methods of handling their dogs' problems.
What tools do you use?
It depends on the dog and the situation. Every dog (and person) is different. We want to meet you and your dog first before we suggest a specific training tool.
Do you use food or clicker training?
Rarely. I teach dogs to respond to you and your voice, not a treat in your pocket or the sound of a "click."
After you train my dog, can you work on my kids?
Sorry; they have two legs too few.